Bobby, born in Norton, Virginia, to Tema and Ruth Dean, passed away with his family and friends by his side at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, on January 18, 2014. Bobby moved to Washington at the age of 15, with his mother and two brothers, Ken and Larry, who have preceded him in death.
Bobby was always full of life. His passions were fishing, singing and playing his guitars, and being an avid bowler. Bobby was a “Southern gentleman and scholar,” particularly concerning the game of bowling. His family and friends have many fond memories of him discussing the merits of new equipment on the market, whether it be the composition of a bowling ball’s cover, shape of the core, replacement of the pin or layout for the finger and thumb positions; these were not idle musings. Bobby’s bowling game improved with age, as shown by all three of his 300 games occurring while coming into his 70s. He was not a braggart about these accomplishments, but rather chose to quietly give suggestions to those who desired to improve their game.
In addition to bowling, Bobby loved to fish, and had many favorite memories of fishing in “secret” canyons on the Toutle River before the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. He recently shared a humorous thought about fishing…saying that he would even enjoy sitting by a pond and catching carp. Ha! Bobby had a great sense of humor and love for the outdoors. He loved sports as well. He enjoyed watching the Mariners play ball, and the Seahawks too, always commenting on their next move.
Over the years, Bobby worked at Hardell, Simpson Lumber in Shelton, and the Olympia Brewery, from which he retired.
Bobby was an all around great guy and very well liked. He will be terribly missed.
Surviving his passing are his son, Gregory Dean of Olympia; stepchildren, Patty Fontenot of West Port, John Fontenot of Olympia, Pamela Odam of Oregon, and Debra Owens of Arizona; and his wife, Ida May Dean, who misses him very much. He was preceded in death by stepson, Ramey.
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